In Kozhikode, the September 30 deadline for repairs and re-surfacing of dug up roads has already been missed by the authorities concerned. And another deadline of October 18 has also been likely to be missed as there was no progress in the road repairs. The roads were dug up for laying pipes for the sewerage project under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.
For undertaking immediate repairs and maintenance works on the national highway 1 (NH1) between Panipat and Jalandhar, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has released Rs 17 crore to the Punjab and Haryana governments. The NHAI has also served a notice on the project concessionaire Soma Isolux asking it to suspend toll collection as it was not maintaining the highway.
In Kochi, repairs have been started on Tripunithura SN Junction-PuthiyaÂkavu road by the State Public Works Department. The road was dug up for Kerala Water Authority works. And it has turned into a nightmarish expÂerÂience to both motorists and pedestrians alike. EmergenÂcy pothole filling work too is in progress after which the 4-km stretch will be resurfaced.
In Karanataka's Kundapur, the ring road is in a bad shape despite spending Rs 1 crore on repairs. The ring road has turned into a nightmare to the motorists. Due to the plying of sand-laden trucks, the road has been dotted with potholes and the slushy stretch has put vehicle users in hardships. The area commuters and people's representatives have urged the government to immediately repair the ring road and asphalt it.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has recently issued a communication about sanction of Rs 78 crore for carrying out repairs on two stretches of NH-31D, which connects Siliguri with Jalpaiguri; these are Phulbari to Moynaguri and Moynaguri to Dhupguri.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had earlier taken an initiative of expanding the two-lane highway into a four-lane one as well as repairing the two stretches.
To take up repairs on the Ring Road, the Madurai Corporation is spending Rs 50 lakh. The City Mayor VV Rajan Chellappa, along with Corporation Commissioner R Nanthagopal and senior engineers, inspected the work on May 15. According to a press release from the civic body, repair works are being done for the convenience of commuters and the general public.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has wasted money on repairing (asphalting) a road for the fourth time in the last two years, well within the defect liability period in which the contractor is responsible for any problems. At the same time, a nearby stretch of road has been neglected for over 10 years. The sorry state of affairs continues despite strict directives by municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane.
A stretch on Magadi Main Road in Bangalore is being closed for repairs. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is taking up asphalting of Magadi Main Road, which is in a bad shape. The stretch between Hunasemara junction and Prasanna Circle will be closed for the repairs.